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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear beloved," (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "My Charity Funds" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 11 May 2018 01:51:45 +0200
Subject: Read And Reply
Compliment of the day to you,
Based on your good profile l want to solicit for your help in fulfilling my wish,I came across your email and decided to send you my divine charity
my husband and l worked with Bp Oil And Gas/cotton export before he died,I suffering from long time cancer.All indication from my
doctor that my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that I have few months to live according to my doctors and in all indication
regards to medical analysis.This is because the cancer disease has gotten to a very badstage.I have decided to donate what I inherited from my late
husband to enable you help the poor,needy,less privileges, and orphanage homes,l dont have any biological child of my own who will inherit this money
neither do l have any adopted child, my relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my illness and l cannot live with the agony of
entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them anymore.
I need you to help me finish it because of my health.I want you to Distribute my funds($US 10,300,000.00 million) to Charities I want you
to help me dispatch the deposit I have with a finance/Security Company to the motherless,less privileged and widows I have set aside 30% for you,
You may be wondering why I chose you.But someone has to be chosen I want to know if I can trust you?contact me,so that I will give you more details.
I have confident in you because I have prayed.please keep praying for me as I will be praying for you too.
Please further discussion contacts me with my Email Address:(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Include the following informations
1. Your full name:
2. Your contact cell phone number:
3. Your age:
4. Your sex:
5. Your occupations
6. Your country and city:
7.Your present home address
For immediate communication with my consultant,
Mrs. Maria Louge